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Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 06/29/2010

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Rev. Mason T. Beecroft, 06/27/2010

I understand why Joseph’s brothers threw him into the pit. After all, He was the son Jacob loved more than any of his other sons. Imagine if you were one of his siblings. Dad gives Joseph a pretty coat of many colors so he could stand out from you and the rest of the siblings. You are stuck wearing old, common clothes, and this boy gets the nicest coat money can buy. Then, Joseph runs off and tattles to dad because he didn’t approve of your work in the field. Even worse, Joseph has a dream he would reign over the family and has the audacity to tell you and the rest that you would be his servants. It is no surprise Joseph ended up in the pit.

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Sermon by Rev. Mason T. Beecroft, 06/24/010

As children, most of us looked forward to our birthdays. Besides the party and presents, they were important markers of our maturity, our growing up. As we grow older, however, birthdays begin to take on less importance. In fact, we begin to wish we didn’t have to celebrate them, or that people would not remember them. While kids love to tell many birthdays they have celebrated, adults often consider it rude to ask people their age. Our birthdays come to serve as stark reminders that our days on this earth are numbered. We cannot stop the march of time, and with each passing day, our death draws nearer. Yet as Christians, we are not a people without hope. We are baptized into Christ Jesus, and so the power of His death and resurrection is ours by grace. Jesus is the first born of the dead, and, belonging to Him, we will follow Him through death to eternal life. Sin and death do not have the final word for us. Jesus Christ does, and so death becomes the moment of our rebirth, a birth into the resurrection of the dead and the life everlasting. …

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Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 06/20/2010

“What man, having ten silver coins, if he loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until he finds it? And when he has found it, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

He had come to hate his Father. And the old man certainly seemed to deserve it…

After all, how could he be so unfair as to demand absolute perfection from his son?

The son had tried everything in his power to please his dad.

He had been at the top of his class for years…

He had worked harder than any of his classmates, putting in extra hours—literally working himself to the bone…

But all his father seemed to want… was absolute perfection.

So finally the son just threw in the towel.

He hated his father for his unfairness—and loathed himself.

And yet deep down inside something told the son that this whole thing might be a misunderstanding.

Maybe his dad wasn’t so bad after all?

Maybe something got lost in translation?

And so that is exactly where the son started searching for the Truth about his father.

He decided to ignore the faulty translation—the false bill of goods about his Dad that he had been sold his whole life.

The son went back to the original sources.

And after years of searching for the true essence of his Father, the son finally discovered the Truth—more valuable than a lost coin.

And when he had found it, he called together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.

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A Sunday School Lesson by Rev. Christian C. Tiews

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Elisha – Homily

Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 06/14/2010

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Sermon by Rev. Christian C. Tiews – 06/13/2010

“Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.”

He was born in England in 1872, the son of an Anglican minister.

After studying music under the masters of his day, he went on to become one of the most important English composers of the early 20th century, writing symphonies, chamber music, operas, and film scores.

He even incorporated melodies of English folk music into many church hymns.

In fact, no fewer than twenty songs in our Lutheran Service Book—including the sermon hymn we sang moments ago—were composed by this man.

Yet despite being the son of a minister, his Christian faith was damaged—perhaps by the influence of his great uncle, Charles Darwin.

As such, sadly, this musician became an agnostic.
So while he did set sacred texts to beautiful melodies, this was more to express a sense of community with the English people—than to give glory to God.

However, the reason this musician serves as our illustration this morning is because of an incident occurring in 1935.

You see, in contrast to the beautiful music that he wrote, he was actually quite a gruff man.
So much so, that when King George V invited him to a royal ceremony in which he was to be knighted for his services to the British Empire, the musician rejected the invitation.

Why did he reject this honor?

Out of a disdain for the Empire? Because he rejected King George V? Out of a feeling of unworthiness? Or perhaps due to selfish pride?

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